Playtime’s over, kids! Bossy adults have all but killed it, replacing traditional free play with organized sports, extracurricular activities, and myriad ‘teachable moments’ designed to build a better child. Over the past fifty years, the time kids spend in free play has declined dramatically, with the greatest losses occurring in the past few decades. From 1981 to … More Playtime’s Over!
In last week’s blog post, Parenting is Risky Business, I wrote about the dangers of using “risk” as a criterion for determining child neglect: risk is subjective, and parenting involves weighing and taking risks all the time. Of course, parents want to shield their children from harm. But in the past few decades, has this desire morphed … More Avoiding Risk Can Be Hazardous to Your Kid’s Health
When I was growing up, and for nearly every generation before mine, kids were expected to entertain themselves in their free time without adult supervision. The idea that two children couldn’t walk in their own neighborhood without an adult—either because they were incapable or it was unsafe—would have been laughable. Kids were kicked out of … More Where have all the children gone?
[Yesterday, I was invited to testify before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on a bill related to Child Protective Services. The sponsor pulled the bill from consideration while I was en route – this post is adapted from the comments I prepared for that hearing]. My name is Danielle Meitiv. I am a Maryland resident and mother of … More Parenting is Risky Business
American kids enjoyed far more freedom just one generation ago and still do in other country – so why won’t American parents leave their kids alone? … More Just the Facts
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime – The Washington Post. By Danielle Meitiv February 13, 2015 Danielle Meitiv lives in Silver Spring. We all want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and successful, and we want to protect them from harm. But … More When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime – The Washington Post
Happy Spring! Last week, we celebrated the vernal or spring equinox, when the Earth leans neither towards (summer) nor away (winter) from the sun. On that day, the hours of daylight and darkness were exactly equal. What does that mean for us gardeners? Time to get out there and dig in the dirt – summer’s … More Get in the Garden, Already!
When the temperature climbs into triple digits the plants are the only ones who wilt. This barefoot gardener will embrace her annual laziness and plan for the fall garden from the comfort of her air-conditioned office. … More I’m Diggin’ Friday: Wilting and the Seventh-Month Slump
Things are growing steadily in the barefoot garden. Pumpkins, cucumbers, eggplant and more. Even a flower you can use for tea. Come check it out! … More I’m Diggin’ Friday: We’re Growing Steady
Squash are among the most prolific plants a home gardener can grow. Find out the difference between winter and summer varieties – and all the weird places they can show up when you least expect it! … More I’m Diggin Friday: Squash Happens (a lot!)